Hot Scratch Masala Chai

Sweater weather calls for mugs filled with homemade tea. Over the past few months, my taste buds have appreciated more spice in its life – cayenne, red pepper, black pepper and jalepenos. So it was fitting that on the first official “cold” SoCal morning, I made a run to my local grocers to buy ingredients for scratch masala chai.  Continue reading

Wasser, Acqua, Eau, Woda

“Water” is translated in many languages but its’ purposes are universal: to cleanse and purify, to cook and to drink. Our need for water is essential and everyday. We are made out of water. Our environment thrives on water. And, our growth and sustainability depends on how much water we get. So, if you’re going to have a cup of water today, why not make it colorful and life-giving?


  • Water
  • Mint
  • Lemon
  • Cucumber


  1. Slice and chop lemons and cucumbers.
  2. Add mint.
  3. Add all ingredients to water.
  4. Let sit in the fridge for a few hours.

These ingredients combined naturally make this water alkaline. You’ll find that the addition of mint and cucumber is refreshing. Plus, it’s a treat to crunch on the cucumber and chew on the mint leaves (instant fresh breath and mint itself is beneficial for you).


Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

If you’re into healthy smoothies, then I have something for you! I discovered this recipe the other day when I was craving a refreshing drink before a workout, but didn’t want to consume anything sugary or unhealthy.


After looking into my fridge, I threw into the blender what was surprisingly a good blend! This recipe is great since all the ingredients I used are items I normally have in my refrigerator or pantry. If you don’t have these ingredients on hand, they’re fairly easy to find at your local grocery store. Continue reading

Philippine Mango Iced Tea


In anticipation for our Philippines trip this year, I find myself being more inspired by Filipino cuisine. I visited my local Trader Joe’s earlier this week and as I walked down an aisle, lo and behold, I spotted something heavenly – no sugar added 100% pure Philippine brand mango juice from Cebu.

This mango juice echos childhood memories of eating fresh Philippine mangoes. I find myself sipping on this drink and counting down the weeks until I get to see and taste first-hand the joys of the Philippine Islands. Continue reading